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Story of my life. Pensacola Beach, FL.
This was one of those catch-all groupings, places that really don't belong anywhere else, or didn't have enough entries to justify another group. Some could have been placed in other types, but for one reason or another was placed here.

For instance, Wisconsin Dells could have been put under cities, but the page is more about the Dells that the city is named after than the city. Salem Sue really isn't a place, but I had to put her someplace... Back to Top

Avery Island, Louisiana
Tabasco Link Avery Island in South Louisiana has a large salt dome underneath it, and the entire island is known for just about one thing, the McIlhenny Company, the maker of Tabasco Sauce.

It's not the greatest factory tour, but it probably is one of the best hot sauces...

Avery Island, Louisiana / 9 Images Visited Sep 2002

Bantam Chef Restaurant
Bantam Chef Link We came across the Bantam Chef Restaurant quite by accident. We were heading for the Blue Ridge Parkway, and got hungry, and this diner was on the way... The food was good, and the place has a wide variety of eclectic signage and memorabilia. But an Isetta? Really? Couldn't be that local BMW plant, could it?

This link will take you to the South Carolina State Page.

Chesnee, South Carolina / 16 Images. Visited Sep 2011.
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Black Hills
Black Hills Link The Black Hills, long a sacred area for the local tribes, is now more a tourist destination. You can easily plan a weeklong vacation in the area, with attractions like Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave, Custer State Park, and the Western Towns such as Deadwood.

Just don't go there during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, unless you're specifically going for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally...

Western South Dakota / 11 Images.

Caspersen Beach
Caspersen Beach Link The Eastern Gulf Coast beaches in Florida is an ancient shark area, where literally millions of fossilized shark teeth exist for the taking. We were right across the street from Venice Beach, but it was suggested we go to Caspersen Beach, which is an ungraded beach with no sand replenishment, so it would be easier to mine the shark's teeth. I didn't really think we'd find any, but within minutes, we found one. Huh.

This link will take you to the Venice, Florida page.

Venice, Florida / 16 Images. Visited Dec 2009.
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Frontier Village
Frontier Village Link I affectionately describe places like Frontier Village as one of those "Western Interstate Tourist Attractions", something I see less of in the East, probably due to infrastructure and environmental demands.

Frontier Village's claim to fame is The World's Largest Buffalo. Well, that's not exactly true, it's a bison, and it's an anatomically correct male, which means it also has the world's largest... uh... And the National Buffalo Museum is here, too.

Near Jamestown, North Dakota / 14 Images. Visited Sep 1996, Jul 2006.

Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 (EBR-1)
Idaho National Environmental Research Park
EBR1 Link Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 (EBR-1) is the first successful breeder reactor turned into a seasonal museum. On display is the original reactor and light bulbs it lit, and information on the Idaho National Environmental Research Park, the 900 square mile facility that's seen over 50 nuclear reactors.

Here's some trivia. A city near here, Arco, was the first city in America to be powered by a nuclear reactor.

Near Arco, Idaho / 28 Images. Visited Jul 2006, Sep 2001.
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Jack Daniels Distillery
Jack Daniels Link Jack Daniels Distillery has one of the best factory tours around. You just have to find your way to Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Do try to visit on a weekday when the town (Historic Lynchburg) is open. Avoid Sunday's, because the distillery doesn't distill on Sunday. Ironically, Lynchburg is in a dry county, so you can't even sample the product, except for "souvenir bottles" of Jack in the White Rabbit Saloon.

Lynchburg, Tennessee / 63 Images. Visited Jun 2001, Mar 2002.

Loveless Cafe
Loveless Cafe Link We came across the Loveless Cafe quite by accident. I was driving part of the Natchez Trace Parkway from the Meriwether Lewis Burial Site to the terminus near Nashville, and the Loveless Cafe is just outside the end of the Parkway.

I have to admit, the country music history angle was lost on me, but the food was the best. I would stop there again.

Pasquo, TN / 5 Images. Visited Nov 2011.
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Minnesota Arrowhead
BWCA Link I used to go to the Minnesota Arrowhead (or more accurately The Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais) almost on a yearly basis for a fishing trip in one of the most peaceful areas I've been to.

This link takes you to its own set of pages in "Other Stuff".

Northeast Minnesota / 720 Images. Visited Various.

Mono Lake
Mono Lake Link Mono Lake is one of the oldest, continuously existing lakes in North America. It is also a basin, which means there is no water outlet, so the salts leeched out of the surrounding mountains make the lake 2.5 times as salty, and 80 times more alkaline than the oceans.

An interesting indigenous insect, the Alkali Fly lives here. They're so thick that the ground looks dark ahead of you, but the darkness moves out of the way as you approach. Ugh.

Near Lee Vining, California / 33 Images. Visited Sep 2005.
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North Head Lighthouse
North Head Link North Head Lighthouse replaced the Cape Disappointment lighthouse, which was said to be too far inland to be seen from areas further North. (As a matter of fact, the North Head Lighthouse is in Cape Disappointment State Park.)

Great views, even if I couldn't climb the stairs...

Near Ilwaco, Washington / 15 Images. Visited Jul 2006.

Peaceful Pastures Farm
Peaceful Pastures Farm Link Peaceful Pastures is a farm in Tennessee that a friend of mine owns. It's not a traditional farm that raises crops, unless you consider sheep, goats and cattle to be crops. Well, okay, you might... It's a tale of city boy meets rural life for a week. And sometimes, it's not very pretty. Also included is a side trip to the Natchez Trace Parkway, and Edgar Evins State Park.

This link will take you to the "Other Stuff" section of this website.

Near Gordonsville, Tennessee / 348 Images. Visited Nov 2011.
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Pensacola and the Gulf Islands National Seashore
Panhandle Link This is labeled as Pensacola and the Gulf Islands NS, but in reality it's neither. It is of the Western Florida Panhandle, though.

I went there to visit the Gulf Islands NS, but it was closed. I also wanted to drive a road that followed the barrier islands, but it was closed. I also visited the US Armament museum, but it was closed. This is what you get for getting up early enough for the sunrise...

Western Florida / 22 Images. Visited Mar 2000.

Red Canyon
Red Canyon Link Red Canyon is pretty much at the Western end of Utah-12 (mile marker 3), and is a USFS site. I understand there's even a visitors center there now.

I've only seen the parts from Utah-12, but there are images from Jo's horseback ride through the canyons.

Near Utah-12 and US-89, Utah / 33 Images. Visited Sep 1997, Sep 2008.
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Salem Sue
Salem Sue Link If you travel I-94 through North Dakota from the East, you first run across the World's Largest Buffalo on one side of the state, and Salem Sue, the World's Largest Holstein Cow on the other.

After seeing this creature a couple of times on my way out West, I finally stopped to see her.

Near Salem, North Dakota / 5 Images. Visited Jul 2006.

National Museum of the US Air Force
Museum of the USAF Link The National Museum of the US Air Force is on the Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, Ohio. It is a must see for any aviation fan. They have static displays of most of the USAF aircraft from the Wright Flyer (okay, not a USAF aircraft) to the X-planes to the F-22. They even have a Trabant. (Also not a USAF aircraft.) What more could you ask for?

This link will take you to the "Other Stuff" pages.

Near Kettering, Ohio / 160 Images.
Visited Mar 2000, Jul 2003, Jul 2008.
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US Air Force Armament Museum
US Air Force Armament Museum Link I was at the US Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, but I was actually there before they opened. Bummer. I do have some images of the outdoor displays, though.
Eglin Air Force Base, Florida / 10 Images. Visited Mar 2000.

Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells Link The Wisconsin Dells is an area on the Wisconsin River. Named after that part of the River is the city Wisconsin Dells, a tourist town on the order of Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tennessee or Branson, Missouri. Since it is in the snow belt, they have a very high number of indoor water parks and seasonal attractions.

I also took a trip up to House on the Rock near Spring Green, a unique house that had interiors too dark to photograph. :)

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin / 26 Images. Visited Aug 2006.
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Yellowstone Bear World
Yellowstone Bear World Link Yellowstone Bear World is a tourist attraction that really has nothing to do with Yellowstone, and is on the Idaho side of Grand Teton National Park. It's not too far out of the way if you're on your way to Teton Pass.

They do have some injured animals that probably wouldn't have survived in the wild, but you may be better off doing some wildlife viewing in Grand Teton and Yellowstone. If you must go, there are coupons in almost every visitor's guide.

Near Thornton, Idaho / 7 Images. Visited Jul 2006.
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